The Charles Tinley Memorial Chapter 142 held its annual Veterans' Luncheon for the veterans at the Chautauqua County Home on Friday. Thirty-seven resident veterans were recognized for their service.
The luncheon started with the presentation of colors by the Veterans Council Color Guard followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and remarks by Commander Michael Maslach. A warm welcome was given to everyone by Chautauqua County Home Activities Director Linda Chase. Memorial acknowledgement of the County Home veterans who passed on during the past year was made and an invocation was then given by Veterans Council Chaplain Sandy Tapasto.
Following a lunch, resident veterans' service records were read by Chase and gift bags were presented to each by Dianna Monn, volunteer coordinator. Ralph Moch, senior vice commander, then introduced the keynote speaker, MSG Brian Schnieder, USMC, retired. Chase acknowledged County Veterans Service Agency Officer Jim Hurley and introduced Fredonia Mayor Stephen Keefe and the OBSERVER Publisher John D'Agostino. Closing remarks were made by Chase.
OBSERVER Photo by Matt Panebianco
Front row: Ralph Moch, senior vice commander DAV; Agnes Pfleuger, Bruce Ritebury, Mary Smagner and Sandra Tapasto, honor guard chaplain. Back row: Jack Mateszon, Kenneth R. DeLong, David Taber, David Dow, David Huels and MSGT Brian Schneider, USMC retired. Missing from photo is Michael Maslach, commander, Chapter 142.